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Failure to use a properly certified court interpreter invites reversal of convictions

May 24, 2010 Failure to use a properly certified court interpreter invites reversal of convictions

Failure to use a properly certified court interpreter invites reversal of convictions:

Absent a properly-translated jury form, our case is identical to Duarte-Higareda, and we have no reason to resolve the question apparently left open there–whether the district judge must conduct a colloquy where the defendant has signed a properly translated form. n2 As in Duarte-Higareda, the jury trial waiver was invalid, and we must reverse the conviction.

U.S. v. Santana, 429 F.3d 1258, 1261 (9th Cir. 2005).

Jon Katz – Criminal defense and DWI defense lawyer practicing in Fairfax County, Virginia, Montgomery County, Maryland and beyond. 301-495-7755. https://katzjustice.com.

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